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Lower Tama Lake

Saturday, 6 January 2007 : Filed under: Tongariro NP E-Mail This Article

Lower Tama Lake
View of Lower Tama Lake from above – Tongariro National Park, New Zealand


Comment by josh — January 6, 2007 @ 3:32 am

Because the weather didn’t allow us to go on the Tongariro Crossing, we took a six hour trek to see Lower Tama Lake and Upper Tama Lake. The trek wasn’t bad, but the scenery wasn’t great until we reached the lakes. As we climbed from the lower lake (pictured above) to the upper lake the wind got really crazy and the hike was straight up the mountain. The lakes were really cool looking, very emerald green. There will be more pictures when I get the photo gallery up for this trip.

Comment by dads — January 6, 2007 @ 9:00 am

Hmmm… I can’t stop wondering what that light green lump is in the lower middle of the picture. moss? Looks like quite a place. I’m looking forward to more pictures!

So the most beautiful trek in the world was too snowy when you went there? I didn’t realize the mountains were so high there.

Comment by josh — January 6, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

Beth thinks it may be some type of alpine moss? If we are looking at the right green lump.

Snow wasn’t the main reason we didn’t go on the Tangariro Crossing. When we were looking to go, it was rainy and there was lots of cloud cover with winds of 50k/hr. We didn’t really want to go trek through the wind and the rain if we weren’t going to be able to see the scenery because of the cloud cover. The fact that the snow level dropped to 1800m wasn’t the main reason we didn’t go. Hopefully we can go back, perhaps if someone comes to visit, and do the trek.

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